Alireza Nader is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND corporation. His research interests include Iranian public and foreign policy and his commentary has been cited by a number of outlets including the Iran Primer, CNN and Al Jazeera. Before joining RAND, Nader was a research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses.
Nader has authored a number of publications for RAND and other international policy outlets detailing the shifting relationship between Iran and the United States as it relates to nuclear ammunition and bureaucratic rivalries. He is a native speaker of Farsi. In 2014, Nader published his book, the Days After a Deal with Iran: Continuity and Change in Iranian Foreign Policy.
Senior International Policy Analyst, the RAND Corporation
Location: Washington, D.C.
Areas of Expertise: Iranian Foreign Policy, International Affars, Middle East
Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation to advance his research interests, which involve applying advanced mathematical principles to the social sciences.
Su has a passion for popularizing mathematics and has co-authored a number of publications with his students. He is the author of the website Math Fun Facts and creator of MathFeed, an app for mathematics-related news updates. In 2013 he was awarded the Haino award for distinguished teaching and in 2001 he received the Hasse prize for expository writing.
Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College
Areas of Expertise: Mathematics, Technology, Diversity, Higher Education
Kiki Baker Barnes is the Director of Athletics at Dillard University and past president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Her research involves student-athlete success and coaches’ influence on athlete performance. She is an expert in strategic planning, program management, organizational revitalization and intercollegiate athletics. Before becoming Athletic Director on a full-time basis, Barnes also served as the head coach of Dillard’s women’s basketball team until 2013.
Barnes is the first female and the first African-American president of the GCAC. In 2011, 2014 and 2015 she was voted the conference’s Athletic Director of the Year and in 2015 she received the Administrator of the Year award from the National Association of College Women Athletic Directors.
Director of Athletics, Dillard University
Areas of Expertise: Athletic performance, student-athlete success, coach-athlete relationships, strategic planning, organizational revitalization
Tristan Walker is a technology entrepreneur who aims to diversify the tech industry by recruiting top young black and Latino/a talent to Silicon Valley. In 2012, he left his position as director of business development at Foursquare to found Walker & Company, a company that creates beauty products for people of color. Its flagship brand the shaving kit Bevel, which is designed for people with coarse, curly hair.
Walker has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful people, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, Vanity Fair’s “Next Establishment” and was a USA Today Person of the Year in 2014. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and the Stanford University School of Business.
CEO, Walker & Company Brands
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Diversity, Education, Branding, Marketing and Communications
Paloma Vargas is an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Hispanic-Serving Institute Coordinator at California Lutheran University. As an expert in the study of microbiology and host-parasite relationships, her research interests include infectious diseases and cell culture.
Before joining California Lutheran’s faculty, Vargas taught at both the high school and community college-levels. She led a number of outreach efforts at Northeastern Illinois University’s Student Center for Science Engagement, where she was a STEM specialist. When she is not teaching, Vargas mentors and recruits underrepresented minority students, particularly those of Latino/a heritage. She is an alumna and active member of the Linton-Poodry Leadership Institute of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science.
Assistant Professor of Biology, California Lutheran University
Areas of Expertise: Microbiology, Cell Activity, Higher Education, Diversity, STEM
Constance Iloh is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on underrepresented groups in higher education. In 2016, she was featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. She works in Irvine, California.
Lilian Guerra, Ph.D. is a University of Florida Professor of Cuban and Caribbean History. Her research focuses on power dynamics and nationalism in Cuba. Lillian Guerra’s book, Visions of Power in Cuba: Revolution, Redemption and Resistance, received the Bryce Wood Award from the Latin American Studies Association. She works in Gainesville, Florida.
Anna Maria Chávez is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She is the first woman of color to hold this position and an expert on women’s leadership, youth development, and public policy. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Arizona Governor, Janet Napolitano. In 2016, Anna Maria Chávez was the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Medallion of Excellence Award. She works in New York, New York.
Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D. is a Tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York (CUNY). Her research focuses on the intersection of race, culture, and mental health, including racism and discrimination. She works in New York, New York.